The Brain Storm
In this child-savvy, wordless book, “unwritten” by Linda Ragsdale and illustrated in pencil and acrylic paint by Claudio Molina, a little boy wakes up with a scowl on his face and a dark cloud over his head. He carries his angry mood (represented by a growing, chaotic scribble of black pencil lines above his head) throughout his day at school, trying to pack it away in his backpack and his locker and failing. After spreading it to other kids, the little boy takes his bad mood back home, where he finally comes up with a creative way to deal with his tangle of stormy thoughts. No words are needed for children to relate to the little boy’s grumpy mood, or to the simple visual tool that Ragsdale and Molina have provided to help them send their own storm clouds packing.
Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.